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  • Back to School With the Zoo Crew!

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    Schools across the nation are gearing up to GO WILD for Heart Health this year! If you hear someone in Youth Market say It’s a JUNGLE Out There - they are not kidding! With the help of the ZOO CREW, Youth Market Directors will guide students, staff...
  • Advocate Spotlight: Meet Rory!

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    Meet RORY, the lifesaving lion and KING of the Zoo Crew! Rory and his Zoo Crew pals will be coming to a school near you this Fall to talk about Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. Through Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, students at participating schools...
  • Advocate Spotlight: Angie Jorgensen

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    AHA volunteer Angie Jorgensen has chosen to share her story in the hope that it will benefit as many people as possible-- through awareness, inspiration and as a thank you to everyone who has impacted her health journey. In addition to being a wife and...
  • In North Dakota, Every Bill Gets a Vote

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    While the North Dakota legislature only meets every other year and for only 80 days, there is no shortage of work that gets done, and every bill that is introduced gets voted on unless it is withdrawn. That's a lot of legislation that is discussed...
  • For Kids, What is Ideal Heart Health?

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    The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are...
  • The Jig is Up on Added Sugar

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    ICYMI - which means "in case you missed it" ... new scientific evidence reveals the dangers of too much sugar for our kids. New recommendations by the American Heart Association are as follows: Experts recommend that children ages 2-18 consumer...
  • Advocate Spotlight: Rae O'Leary

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    Rae O'Leary is a advocate for public health and led the Canli Coalition to pass a tribal ordinance to protect the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe from the dangers of secondhand smoke by making all enclosed places smoke-free. Rae also joined our state-wide...
  • Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Indiana Heart Walks

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    Heart Walk season is upon us once again!
  • Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Wisconsin Heart Walks

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    Heart Walk season is upon us once again!
  • Share Your Story - Jackie Blake

    "There is a 30% chance that your wife will survive surgery. If she does, she will likely be in a nursing home."
  • Share Your Story - Javan Cruz

    Fast actions help save student's life.
  • Share Your Story - Rick Worrel

    Man thanks first responders who revived him after heart attack.
  • Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Illinois Heart Walks

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    The Advocacy Department is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming Illinois Heart Walks.
  • Join us for "Back to School, Back to Good Health" Twitter Chat

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    Where did the summer go? School supplies in the stores and fall sports schedules means it’s time to think about back-to-school. And we want to help! We invite you to join us for a “Back To School, Back To Good Health” Twitter chat hosted...
  • Advocate Spotlight: PJ Jones

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    Education is Why!
  • Advocate Spotlight: Michelle Nielson

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    Meet Michelle Nielson! Michelle is the new Senior Community Health Director out of the Omaha office. Michelle returns to the AHA after serving as the Director of State Health Alliances for AHA from 2008 to 2009. Michelle brings an enthusiastic attitude...
  • Health is Why!

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    Meet Minnesota's Youth Market Admin and top staff volunteer, Elaine Larson!
  • Legislative Special Session: Update

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    North Dakota lawmakers are in Bismarck for a Legislative Special Session called by Governor Dalrymple to address a budget shortfall. The session was called to order on August 2 nd . According to officials, an updated budget forecast predicted tax collections...
  • High-tech Simulators Will Allow Rural Emergency Techs to Practice Trauma Treatment Thanks to $5.5 Million Grant

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    At a time when rural emergency medicine is facing shortages of volunteers, equipment and funding, Nebraska’s rural EMS system has received a significant investment from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The University of Nebraska Medical Center received...
  • Expert will visit Omaha to Discuss Benefits of a Walkable City

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    Jeff Speck, author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save American, One Step at a Time” will visit Omaha next month to tour the city on foot and by car, meet with area officials and address the Heartland 2050 summit. The summit, coordinated...
  • South Dakota Heart Walks Raise Awareness for AHA Mission

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    Thousands of South Dakotans are expected to join one of our state's three Heart Walks this Fall to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Heart Walks are non-competitive and in addition to raising...
  • South Dakota Hospitals and EMS Systems Recognized

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    The American Heart Association has recognized three South Dakota hospitals and one ambulance service with quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care.
  • Powers Lake Ambulance Receives EMS Recognition

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    At a time when rural areas are facing critical shortages of emergency medical professionals, we are pleased to recognize the Powers Lake Ambulance Service for recently being named the Northwest Region Squad of the Year for 2015. The intent of this award...
  • F-M Ambulance Earns Award

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    The American Heart Association is pleased to honor F-M Ambulance the association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement standards for the treatment of patients who experience STEMI heart attacks. The Mission: Lifeline...
  • How much sugar is sneaking into your diet?

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    Check out the in-studio segment the MN Communications team did with new volunteer Renee Zorcak, about sneaky sugar!